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09 May
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
May 9, 2017 | 2:00 PM-9:00 PM


Gallatin Comedy Festival

The Gallatin Comedy Festival is a day-long celebration of all things funny. Stop by for student performances in sketch, improv, and standup. The event will also feature a panel discussion on “How to Take Back the Stereotypes Used Against Us in Comedic Spaces,” with working comedians in the biz in attendance to answer questions.

Jena Friedman, a former field producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, who just released her first standup special, “American Cunt” will headline the Festival.

Reach out to the event producer, Stef D'Agostini, with any questions at


2:00-3:45 pm
Welcome and Student Performances

4:00-5:00 pm
Panel Discussion: "How to Take Back the Stereotypes Used Against Us in Comedic Spaces" with panelists: Sofia Alvarez, Mamoudou N'Diaye, Rachel Rosenthal, and Sriya Sarkar. Moderated by Priya Patel.

5:30-7:45 pm
Student Performances

8:00-9:00 pm

Headliner Jena Friedman


Sofia Alvarez’s plays include Between Us Chickens (SCR, EST LA), Life Drawing, The Fish Bowl, NYLON, Friend Art (Second Stage Uptown); The Orphan’s Club, Corpse Pose and LODGE. With composer Daniel Roland Tierney she adapted a musical version of William Steig’s classic children’s book, Amos & Boris for South Coast Rep. She has developed work with Ars Nova, Primary Stages, Playwright’s Horizons, New Georges’, Rattlestick, The Royal Court, The Kennedy Center, South Coast Rep, the Amoralists, Slant Theater Co, Iama Theater Co. and at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Work in television includes the first two seasons of Man Seeking Woman (FXX) and the first season of Sirens (USA). She recently adapted Jenny Han’s bestselling novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for Awesomeness TV and is currently working on a film adaptation of Rebecca Scherm’s Unbecoming. She is a graduate of Bennington College and The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jena Friedman is a stand up comedian, actor, writer and filmmaker. She is currently a correspondent for National Geographic Explorer and has worked as a field producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has written for Late Show with David Letterman. Her critically acclaimed stand up special, American Cunt, is now available on Seeso and Amazon.

Mamoudou N’Diaye is a published neuroscientist, former middle school teacher, writer, stand-up, improviser, DJ, and activist originally from Mauritania. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 2014 with a degree in Neuroscience and moved to Brooklyn to pursue a comedy career, which he cultivated in college, bridging social activism, political satire, and pop culture through three separate hour specials. He performs stand-up all around the city (sometimes the country) been featured on deadass, Ryan Live, MTV News's Decoded, and has written for Funny Or Die's NewsFlash and now writes and performs at Mic. He's currently crowdfunding for his directing and writing debut Hashtag, a film about the process that a comedian is forced through when police brutality becomes a normal occurrence.

Priya Patel (moderator) is a comedic actor and writer whose work has been featured on MTV, Funny or Die, Salon, and Glamour. She performs both on stage and on camera, including Urban Teach Now, an official selection for the New York Television Festival, and Unpacking, which will enjoy its second run at SoHo's ​HERE Arts Center this summer. Her anecdotal interview series This Series is About Periods headlined at the 2016 Period Power Film Festival and Benefit hosted by WaterAid. When she’s not performing, she is an advocate for consumer protection, economic and social justice, and women’s health. She studied advanced improvisation and sketch writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade and is based in New York, where she is lonely because all of her friends moved to LA.

Rachel Rosenthal is a comedian, improviser, and improv instructor with over 15 years’ experience. She is also a freestyle rapper. Rachel performs twice weekly in NYC and is a faculty improv instructor at Miami Ad School, The Peoples Improv Theater and at Reckless Theatre in NYC. Once called an “improv whirlwind” by The Huffington Post, Rachel tours nationally and internationally teaching and performing with many groups including, free-style rapping Hip Hop comedy team, North Coast, who was named one of the “Top 10 Comedy Shows in NYC” by Time Out NY.  Rachel is also a writer, storyteller and actress and has been featured on VH1, MTV, and on several podcasts and radio shows including “This American Life,” “Risk!,” Slate’s “The Gist,” and WBUR’s “You’re the Expert.” More at or on social media at @raeroshow.

Sriya Sarkar is a comedian and digital media producer who loves working at the intersection of digital media, comedy, and activism. She has worked with artist Maya Lin for the What Is Missing? Foundation as well as the feminist sleeper cell of riotously funny reproductive rights advocates at Lady Parts Justice. She is the producer of Speakout Laughout, a comedic storytelling show about abortion, as well as lolvote, a comedy variety show and accompanying Twitterbot encouraging youth voter turnout. She has performed at numerous shows in a variety of bar basements and stages of all sizes. She was the deputy digital content director in North Carolina for the Hillary Clinton campaign. You can find what she's getting jiggy with at any given moment at